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Jamestown School Board to cut 3 faculty positions

At a special meeting Wednesday the Jamestown Public School Board started the process to cut three faculty positions at James Valley Career & Technology Center.

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Three full-time faculty positions may be cut at the James Valley Career & Technology Center in Jamestown. Tom LaVenture / The Sun

At a special meeting Wednesday the Jamestown Public School Board started the process to cut three faculty positions at James Valley Career & Technology Center.

The School Board unanimously approved a recommendation to move forward on a reduction in force recommendation for three full-time instructors. School Board member Greg Allen was not present.

The meeting was scheduled after a recommendation to contemplate non-renewal of the positions for lack of funding and uncertainty of future funds. The school district issues the contracts as the operating board for James Valley Career & Technology Center.

The School Board directed Superintendent Robert Lech to review and recommend what three positions to consider for nonrenewal and present them at a second meeting tentatively scheduled for March

28. At that time hearings will be scheduled for the affected positions, according to Lech’s letter to the School Board.

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“The entire process will need to be completed before April 15,” Lech said after the meeting.

The reduction in force recommendation considers attrition, including retirements and resignations, before nonrenewal actions, according to Lech’s letter to the School Board.

The Career & Technology Center website lists 17 faculty and staff positions in administration and education programs in agriculture, business, auto technology and collision, construction, machine tooling, adult farm, health careers, child care, family and consumer services.

There are two programs of concern at the Career & Technology Center that led to the recommendation. Lech told The Sun he could not identify either program, but would consult with the school district’s attorney on what could be said prior to the next public meeting.

One program is not able to cover expenses through direct revenue received, nor is it projected to cover expenses in the future, Lech said. At the same time the Department of Career and Technical Education is projecting a decrease in revenue from the state, which will lower revenue again, he said.

The second program also operated with direct flow-through funds from the state to James Valley Career & Technology Center, but it is now regionalized, he said. This means the Career & Technology Center will have expenditures, but the money will flow through Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Tech Center in Valley City.

“We did apply for the funding, and we anticipate having the program but we were not selected as the regional provider and funds would be funneled through Valley City after this school year,” Lech said. “While this program was able to cover all expenses through the revenue received, there will no longer be any state funding for JVCTC for the program.”

The Career & Technology Center is a consortium of Jamestown, Pingree-Buchanan and Montpelier school districts. The Jamestown Public School Board on Monday approved a request from Pingree-Buchanan School District to withdraw from the consortium after the 2018-19 school year.

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The withdrawal and the recommendations for nonrenewal of positions are not related, Lech said.

tlaventure@jamestownsun.com

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